The Arizona Diamondbacks select Jordan Lawlar 6th overall in the 2021 MLB Draft, Mets ‘got a steal’ by selecting Kumar Rocker in MLB Draft With The 10th Selection, and more

The Arizona Diamondbacks select Jordan Lawlar 6th overall in the 2021 MLB Draft, Mets ‘got a steal’ by selecting Kumar Rocker in MLB Draft With The 10th Selection, and more

Arizona picks Jesuit’s Jordan Lawlar 6th in MLB draft; will elite prospect sign or head to college?

Lawlar, 18, was The Dallas Morning News’ 2021 Player of the Year.

6. Arizona Diamondbacks: Jordan Lawlar, SS, Jesuit HS (TX)

Who is Lawlar? The No. 1 player on Kiley McDaniel’s draft board, Lawlar has been considered the top prep player in this class since the summer of 2020. A Dallas high school product, he has above-average tools across the board and has drawn comparisons to Carlos Correa and even Derek Jeter for his ability to hit to the opposite field.

Why the Diamondbacks took him here: Anytime you can get a player ranked No. 1 on draft boards with the No. 6 overall pick, you have to be excited. Lawlar has above-average tools across the board, the best glove of this year’s four highly touted prep shortstops and the potential to grow into an All-Star-level player at the position.

Jesuit shortstop Jordan Lawlar, the 2021 Dallas Morning News Baseball Player of the Year, was selected sixth overall in the 2021 MLB draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday night, becoming the eighth high school prospect ever from the Dallas-area to go inside the top 10.

In a draft flush with high school shortstops, Lawlar was the second off the board, following Marcelo Mayer, who was drafted fourth by the Boston Red Sox. The Texas Rangers drafted Vanderbilt pitcher Jack Leiter second.

On the MLB Network broadcast, Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin called the 6-foot-2 Lawlar a “special player,” after the Diamondbacks selected him. He also compared Lawlar to one of the greats.

“I just compared him to [Derek Jeter], and you never want to do that because that’s dangerous,” said Corbin, whose program has scouted Lawlar since before he made it to high school, “but you see similar body patters in how they move and so on.”

Lawlar is the second Dallas-area high school shortstop selected in the top 10 in the last three drafts. Former Colleyville Heritage star Bobby Witt Jr. was selected second overall in 2019, tying Arlington Martin’s Ben Grieve (1994) as the two highest selected local players since the draft began in 1966.

Lawlar has long been thought of as a top prospect in the 2021 MLB Draft. This past season he showed why. Lawlar finished his senior season hitting .412 with six home runs and 37 RBIs. He also went a perfect 37-for-37 on stolen base attempts, flashing speed and ability that’s rare at the high school level.

“He just really makes everything look smooth,” Jesuit head coach Brian Jones said recently. “And for most high school kids it’s going to be tough to make a play, but he makes it look easy. I hate to go that far with it, but he really does.”

It’s that type of talent that made powerhouse Vanderbilt – the school Lawlar eventually signed with – interested in Lawlar before he event started his freshman season at Jesuit. It’s also what’s made him a consensus top prospect in the draft.

ESPN MLB Insider even ranked Lawlar as the No. 1 prospect in the draft, but in a conference call with reporters, McDaniel forecasted that Lawlar might not go within the top five picks.

“There are increasing odds that Jordan Lawlar is the one of those four high school shortstops that slides,” McDaniel said this week. “I don’t think he has a natural landing spot until six or eight.”

We now know where Lawlar landed. The question now is: will the star shortstop sign? Lawlar has been committed to Vanderbilt since 2019. He recently flew to Omaha to spend time with the team and watch them play in the College World Series.

If Lawlar does decide not to sign and instead attend Vanderbilt, he’d be walking away from millions. The signing bonus slot value for the sixth pick is $5,742,900, though there’s room for negotiation below and above that number. The last time a top-10 pick didn’t sign was 2018, when high school pitcher Carter Stewart was selected eighth overall, but couldn’t come to an agreement with the Atlanta Braves.

Lawlar, 18, is also an interesting case because he could be eligible for the 2023 draft, a year earlier than most college players are allowed because of his age.

Whether Lawlar signs remains to be seen, but no matter what, he can now call himself a top-10 pick in the draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks select Jordan Lawlar 6th overall in the 2021 MLB Draft

Somehow, the Arizona Diamondbacks managed to get one of the best high school bats in the 2021 draft at pick 6.

With the 6th selection in the 2021 MLB Draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Jordan Lawlar out of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.

The shortstop has long been viewed as a top prospect since projections began. Many experts have drawn comparisons between him and Bobby Witt Jr, a fellow shortstop selected in the first round. And while Witt was certainly more verbose coming out of high school, Lawler has all the right tools to make a big splash for a program.

His bat speed blankets the entire strike zone, but offensively his strikeout rate can teeter to the higher side. As with any high school prospect, there’s always a question of how power will develop long-term. His bat speed is consistent and fast enough that even if Lawler’s power at the plate pans out to be just average, he’ll be strong offensively.

While he stands out at the plate, his skills at shortstop are what add extra flair to his draft stock. MLB Pipeline notes that Lawler’s athleticism and instincts in the field are top tier. Inconsistencies are certainly present, but that’s to be expected of a player coming out of high school and are not of concern to be a long-time problem. Once he settles into a program and expands on his already sharp skills at the plate, he’ll be a force in years to come.

Jordan Lawlar

Jordan Lawlar
Born: July 17, 2002 (age 18)
Irving, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Jordan Lawlar (born July 17, 2002) is an American baseball shortstop. He was selected in the first round of the 2021 Major League Baseball draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the sixth overall pick.


Lawlar began playing baseball around age five. He attends Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas in Dallas, Texas. He began playing varsity as a sophomore in 2019. As a sophomore, he batted .409 with five home runs, and in 2020, his junior season, he hit .485 with one home run and 13 RBIs over 12 games before the season ended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That summer, he played in the Perfect Game All-American Classic, and was named the Jackie Robinson Perfect Game Player of the Year. As a senior in 2021, he hit .412 with six home runs, 37 RBIs, and 32 stolen bases. He committed to play college baseball at Vanderbilt University.

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